re·​ex·​am·​ine | \ (ˌ)rē-ig-ˈza-mən How to pronounce reexamine (audio) \
variants: or re-examine
reexamined or re-examined; reexamining or re-examining

Definition of reexamine

transitive verb

1 : to examine (someone or something) again especially from a different point of view reexamine the patient/evidence reexamining our assumptions It's healthy, I think, to reexamine old institutions and futz with them rather than throw them out entirely.— Majorie Ingall The great expense is in part also a political choice that should be re-examined.— Mary Graham
2 law : to question (a witness) again in a legal proceeding Each witness is first questioned by the prosecution …, then 'cross-examined' by the defence, and then sometimes 're-examined' by the prosecution.— R. M. Jackson

First Known Use of reexamine

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reexamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reexamine

: to examine (someone or something) again usually in a new or different way


transitive verb
re·​exam·​ine | \ ˌrē-ig-ˈza-mən \

Legal Definition of reexamine

: to examine again

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